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Poster: elmagno Date: Jul 17, 2010 5:50pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: What about 'Wanted: Dead or Alive"?

Is Season One PD?

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Poster: adamelijah Date: Jul 17, 2010 7:20pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What about 'Wanted: Dead or Alive'?

Did a Copyright search. Most series you can fine by searching by Series name. This one was more complicated, had to search for an episode and then check the production company. All episodes were renewed.

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Poster: elmagno Date: Jul 17, 2010 7:33pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What about 'Wanted: Dead or Alive'?

Thanks a lot. I bought the 2 disc set today at a discount store for $5.99. It's a Mill Creek production, 18 episodes.

Your research points to the fact that simply saying 'Oh, that's an Alpha Video's (or whomever's) product, it's probably PD' may not be the right formulation.

Apparently, these companies can buy copyrighted rights very cheaply under some circumstances. Or else they are skating by?

Steve McQueen is tops. Thanks again for looking this up.

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Poster: adamelijah Date: Jul 17, 2010 7:51pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What about 'Wanted: Dead or Alive'?

Yeah, I think they may skip paying royalties in some cases (1950s Dragnet episodes that are under copyright but the copyright owners don't care about) or others they may pay royalties. That's the job of their legal department to figure out, not the consumer when we're buying it.

Mill Creek released Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, which was a 1980 show and almost certainly not public domain unless the production company left the copyright notice off of every episode:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenspeed_and_Brown_Shoe#DVD_release

And Alpha Video has several copyrighted films in its catalogue, though most are recent enough that there's no confusion.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jul 17, 2010 9:04pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What about 'Wanted: Dead or Alive'?

Mill Creek have used their public domain money to license a bunch of independent copyright catalogues lately. In fact they almost exclusively deal in licensed content now along with a few repackages of their old PD titles. They have the Stephen J Cannell shows (The Commish, 21 Jump Street, Hunter, etc) and some studio content distributed by copyright brokers (Ironside, Punky Brewster, Wanted: Dead or Alive, McHales Navy, ect). They also have the Crown International film catalogue now.

This is a really common business strategy in the video industry. They start out by producing copyright free content and make a lot of money. Then they move into copyright content using the same distribution model (ie mass, cheap production) so they deliver copyright content for the same prices as PD content.

There is lots of info about this on the Mill Creek website look under "news" to find out about all the content they have aquired and where they got it from.

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